Young artists on display

Colourful pictures at the Peter Brook art prize exhibition, Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse
Colourful pictures at the Peter Brook art prize exhibition, Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse

Creative students will be showing their work in the sixth Peter Brook Art Prize exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse.

Young artists from Calderdale high schools will present an exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs, and compete for the annual Peter Brook Art Prize on Saturday, February 28.

The prize is awarded in memory of Brighouse artist Peter Brook, who died in 2009 at the age of 81.

Peter taught art at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School before becoming a full-time artist in his 40s. He was passionate about the landscape of the Yorkshire Pennines and was very supportive of young artists in his hometown.

Jeffrey Andrews, of Calderdale museums and galleries, said: “Peter Brook was a significant local artist and it is important that his work continues to be recognised in his home town of Brighouse and throughout Calderdale. The exhibition is a celebration of his life and work but also bridges the gap between his work and the work of young and up-and-coming artists at the outset of their careers.

“The Peter Brook Art Prize was first awarded in 2009 and we are very pleased that it has continued to be supported by local schools.

“In the past the standard of work has been very high and has impressed all those who have visited the Smith Art Gallery to see it.”

The exhibition is on show until March 16.